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steam

2 verb
     
Related topics: Cooking, Water
steam2
1 [intransitive] if something steams, steam rises from it, especially because it is hot:
2 [transitive]DFC to cook something in steam [↪ boil]:
Steam the vegetables lightly.
steamed broccoli
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]TTW to travel somewhere in a boat or train that uses steam to produce power
steam into/from etc
We steamed from port to port.
4 [intransitive] especially British English to go somewhere very quickly
steam in/down
Geoff steamed in ten minutes late.
5

be steaming (mad)

also be steamed (up) American English spoken to be very angry

steam ahead

phrasal verb
to start doing something very quickly:
The company is steaming ahead with its investment programme.

steam something ↔ open/off

phrasal verb
to use steam to open an envelope or to remove a stamp from an envelope

steam up

phrasal verb
to cover something with steam, or to become covered with steam:
My glasses are all steamed up.
steam something ↔ up
A pan was boiling on the stove, steaming up the windows.
WORD FOCUS: cook WORD FOCUS: cook
fry (in oil)
boil
(in hot water)
bake
(bread and cakes in an oven)
roast
(meat or vegetables in an oven)
microwave
(using a microwave oven)
grill
/broil American English (using a grill)
steam
, toast, simmer, poach, barbecue, stir-fry, saute, chargrill

raw (not cooked)
rare
(used about meat that has been cooked for a short time)
well-done
(used about meat that has been cooked for a long time)
cook

See also
cook

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